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Hotel Performance in India is Booming; For the 12-months
to February 2005, RevPAR in Mid-market and Above
Hotels Throughout India Increased by 29%

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HotelBenchmark launch country survey for India

8 Apr 2005 - In response to the rapid growth of the hotel market in India over recent years, Deloitte has launched an India edition of the HotelBenchmark Survey. The India survey is another first for Deloitte's HotelBenchmark team and is being showcased this week in New Delhi at the World Travel Tourism Council's 5th Global Travel & Tourism Summit.

This is the first time ever that comprehensive monthly rate and occupancy performance data has been available on the India hotel market. The new survey tracks 20 markets across the country - providing analysis by population, size of hotel, star rating, market area and city.

Hotel performance in India is booming. Lower costs of travel following the liberalisation of the airline industry as well as reduced security concerns due to improved relations with Pakistan have helped boost performance. Considering the depressed performance during the Kashmir situation, mid 2002 into 2003, revenue per available room (revPAR) has not only returned to previous levels but has also exceeded performance achieved prior to this incident. For the 12-months to February 2005, revPAR in hotels throughout India (mid-market and above) increased by 29%, compared to the same period ending February 2002.

Alex Kyriakidis, Managing Partner of the Deloitte Global Tourism, Hospitality & Leisure industry team said: "A strong economy and increasing inward investment have elevated India's international profile. With a domestic tourism market roughly one third of the total international arrivals received by all global markets - it's exciting to watch. The evolving business dynamics in India continue to provide the hospitality industry further potential for impressive growth as an international destination."

Mani Bharadwaj, Senior Director at Deloitte India added: "Hotel companies are responding to the growing domestic market by adding India to their development agenda for mid-scale products. In addition to Indian Hotels' successful launch of a new mid-scale product, IndiOne, hoteliers are busy preparing for the introduction of international brands like Ibis, Holiday Inn Express and Courtyard by Marriott to India."

He also mentioned: "Infrastructure and geo-political concerns continue to limit India's ability to develop as a tourist destination. Fortunately recent government initiatives including the liberalisation of the airlines and tourism awareness campaigns such as 'Incredible India' and 'Atithi Devo Bhavah' - take India one step closer to achieving its true potential."

The table below provides an indication of hotel performance by showing selected markets from the new India edition of the HotelBenchmark Survey. A more detailed review of India's hotel performance will be featured in HotelBenchmark's fortnightly newsletter 'In the Know' on Wednesday 13 April (available via www.HotelBenchmark.com).

India hotel performance- selected markets
12-months to February 2005

Occupancy
12-months
to Feb 2005 (%)
Occupancy % Change
to 2004
Occupancy % Change
to 2005
RevPAR 12-months
to Feb 2005 (INR)
RevPAR % Change
to 2004
RevPAR % Change
to 2005
All Hotels 69.4  11 29 3,227 31 55
Primary Cities 73.5 6 28 3,712 26 43
Resort Destinations 60.3 16 23 2,171 39 67
Delhi 78.1 8 31 4,199 29 53
Mumbai 72.0  5 35 3,778 18 34
Source: HotelBenchmark Survey by Deloitte

Commenting on the launch of the India survey, Julia Felton, Executive Director of HotelBenchmark at Deloitte said: "We are delighted to be the first to provide hoteliers with monthly performance data on markets across India. Given the sheer volume of the ever-increasing domestic tourism market, vigorous growth of the airline industry and the expanding business community - it is not surprising that global hotel companies are racing to increase their presence in India."

The HotelBenchmark Survey is the leading provider of hotel performance data across Asia Pacific currently tracking 41 cities and 115 markets in the region. India is the 18th monthly performance survey to be launched under the HotelBenchmark banner.

Note: All analysis in India - Rupees

Contact:

Tina Wanstall
HotelBenchmark
+44 (0) 20 7007 0981
E-mail: twanstall@deloitte.co.uk
www.deloitte.co.uk

Also See: Accor and InterGlobe create Joint Venture for Hotel Development and Management in India; Plan to Develop 25 Ibis Brand Economy Hotels Across India / March 2005
Le Meridien Plans to Add Largest Number of New Hotels in India, More than Any Other Country Globally / January 2005

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